One of the ceremonies in a four day Indian wedding celebration is the Mehndi ceremony. If you haven’t photographed or attended any Indian weddings before, it could be very intimidating if you don’t know what to expect.
Mehndi Ceremony is basically an event where the guests, family and friends of the bride and groom go up to them and apply henna paste on their hands. Sometimes they will have leaves on their palm where guest can put the henna instead of putting it on their bare hand.
Here are the things to expect when photographing or attending a Mehndi ceremony.
As the guests are arriving, the groomsmen, bridesmaids, family members of both the bride and groom usually lines up at the door to welcome the guests coming in to the hall.
Later in the evening, the groom enters the hall with his family members and groomsmen. He is welcomed by the bride’s family members and all the bridesmaids. After entering, he heads towards the stage or at the front of the hall and sits down as he waits for his bride to enter. During this time, the bride is still nowhere to be seen.
After the groom settles on the stage, the bride then enters. She is accompanied by her family, friends and bridesmaids. The entourage heads straight to the stage to join the groom.
Mehndi Ceremony Begins
After all the entrances, the guests take their seats and dinner usually comes right after. Shortly after, the Mehndi Ceremony begins. Mehndi Ceremony is basically where the family members of the bride and groom, come up on the stage, greet the bride and groom, put henna on the palm of their hands and feed them sweets. Sometimes, they would also drop money in a basket that is placed in front of them.
This would be the most important part of the evening as this specific ceremony is called ‘The Mehndi Ceremony’ which means an event where the guests, family and friends of the bride and groom go up to them and apply henna paste on their hands. Sometimes they will have leaves on their palm where guest can put the henna instead of putting it on their bare hand.
During this time as well, the ladies sit around in a circle and would sing songs for the bride and groom.